Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday, again, besieged and shut down activities at the headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The angry protesters at the early hours of Wednesday stormed and barricaded the main entrance to the content tower, preventing visitors and workers from gaining entrance into the building.
The aggrieved youths said they rejected the offer of training just one hundred youths from the earlier agreed and approved 1000 youths from over 850 communities in the eight local government areas of the state.
Recall on Monday the protesters besieged and shut down activities at the headquarters building of the NCDMB, over the expiration of agreement and non-commencement of trainings for youths of the Oil and Gas communities.
The protesting youths who chanted solidarity songs to press home their demands, vowed never to accept anything less than 1000 youths for the first phrase of the training.
Speaking to DAILY POST, state chapter Chairman, Host Community of Nigeria producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), HRH Boma Kerekebina, said they were embarking on this peaceful protest based on their earlier agreement signed and approved by all stakeholders.
He stated that they will only accept the number of persons approved by the Bureau for Public Prosecution in a document which is 1000 youths in the first phrase in Bayelsa, adding that any other manipulation by the board will be totally rejected.
The Chairman, who was represented by the Sagbama Local Government coordinator, Mr. Safa Perekebina, disclosed that even after the board took away hundred slots from their approved 1000 and promised to train 900, they have resorted to playing tricks with the agreement.
He said, “Till now no date or venue have been communicated to the youths for the training after all documentation but rather officials of the NCDMB keep making flimsy excuses.”
According to the Executive Secretary HOSTCOM, Mr. Ofoni Ebimobowei, after several meetings, the board resorted to delay tactics.
“They told us that they can only train 100 youths because they have only N105 million naira, which we told them is unacceptable. The budget has been done and approved since 2019, and they delayed till now and they are telling us another lies, we will not accept it,” he said.
In his brief, Chief Dogibara Allison, said all they want is to make peace and the only way to go is abide by the earlier agreement, noting that the small way for the NCDMB to give back to the society is to train youths from the host communities in Bayelsa State.
When reached on the board’s reaction, the media officer to NCDMB, Mr. Obinna Ezeobi, said the board is not an agency responsible for training of youths in the state, but are for the oil and gas industry.
He added that the board will respond officially to any other claims.
BREAKING: Truck Carrying Diesel From Bunkery Kills Prominent Chief In Edo
Truck used to convene diesel extracted Illegal from the riverine communities in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State has reportedly killed a man Identified as High Chief Tuedor Amos, from Furupagha, an Ijaw clan in the local government.
He was reportedly hit by one of the trucks carrying diesel illegally extracted from the riverrine communities in the LG via Siluko river bank going to Iguobazua, where the truck knocked him down while he was on motorcycle.
Confirming this to INFO DAILY on phone, a cousin to the deceased, Chief Ben Bowei decried activities of bunkers in the Siluko river axis, adding that the act has damaged the road from Siluko to Uguobazua.
He added that the whole road from Uguobazua to Siluko is slippry and become a dead trap to dwellers of the area whom according to him use motorcycle as a major source of transportation.
“For long we have been warning these guys indulging in illegal bunkery in our river to stop their activities, but they refused, now bunkery has claimed life of a prominent chief in our clan.
“Activities of these bunkers is damaging the only road rehabilitated by Oshiomhole as the Diesel pour on the road while convening it to the city. The road is so slippery that people on bike have to be praying to God that for safety while traveling,” he said.
He called on security operatives to arrest those carrying out Illegal bunkery in the riverine communities in the area.
When contacted on phone, Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State, SP Bello Kontongs said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
EndSARS Memorial: Edo Youths Join Protest As Amputee Demand For Compensation
…Pharmacist Demands Release Of Colleague
Youths mostly drawn from the civil society organistions in Edo State on Wednesday joined their counterparts across the country to mark one year memorial of EndSARS protest of which some youths lost their lives.
The protest which lasted for over two weeks last year, however, turned bloody on 20th of October when security operatives reportedly opened fire on them in their large numbers at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos, where they had gathered to protest against police brutality, bad governance etc.
Scores were reportedly killed in the process while others were taken to detention by the security agents, as quite a number of police stations and other buildings and properties belonging to security agents were burnt and destroyed.
Speaking at the protest ground which held at Benin Museum Park, Oba Ovoramwem Square (Ring Road), one of the protesters, Comrade Kelly Okunbo said one year after the protest nothing has been done.
Okunbo who demanded for the release of those who are still in police detention as a result of the protest, lamented that almost a year after a panel was set up to look into what led to the protest and people that fell victims, not a single implementation has been made to recommendations made by the Edo State Judicial Panel of Enquiry.
“This is almost a year now that the Panel set up submitted its report to governor Godwin Obaseki. It was recommended that the two victims of the protest who are alive and were at the panel be given automatic employment, but till now, nothing has been done. It was recommended that Mr. Stephen who was amputated as a result of gunshot by a soldier at Auchi be given employment, but up till now he is still jobles and walking with crutches. It was recommended that the police officer and soldier who shot miracle and Stephen be dismissed, but till now they are still working freely,” he said.
Also speaking, Asekhame Stephen Ohimai, said he was at the panel with his lawyer to make his submissions and demands but unfortunately nothing has been done.
The graduate of Auchi Polytechnic who is about going for the compulsory one National Youth Service Corps, said himself and other students of the institution were out protesting when men of the Nigerian Army rammed into them and started shooting sporadically of which he received a stray bullet at where he ran to hide, adding that this led to amputation of his leg.
He narrated: “I came out to join others who were protesting against police brutality and bad governance on the 19th of October when Nigerian Army rammed into our midst and started shooting sporadically, and I ran to hide in place for safety but stray bullet hits my leg and I was rushed to the hospital where I was recommended for amputation. The Doctor Said without amputation, I will not survive, so my leg was amputated. Many persons were killed in that scene.
“I’m going for youth service now. I want government to provide me job because all the things I was running up and down to do before, I can’t do them. So, the government should help me. My lawyer and I were at the panel and made our presentation, but I have not seen anything.”
Another victim, Miracles Ailenokhoriah, who is still in wheelchair as a result of injuries he sustained from police bullet said he was shot last by a police man during the protest at Ekpoma, Edo State, adding that the policemen who brutalised him threatened to beat him to death and that they further threatened to bury him in a shallow grave should he die as a result of the brutality.
A pharmacist who joined the protest with his medical apron, Pharmacist Clinton Ojo-Edokpayi demanded for the release of his pharmacist colleague, Pharm. Solomon Akume, whom according to him was arrested last year after twitting against Buhari.
“Pharmacist Solomon Akume was arrest last year by DSS during the protest after he twitted that the life of President Muhammadu Buhari is no worth than the live of any Nigeria. He was traced and arrested for that twit, and since then he has not been released. I am here to say Akume and other Nigerians in detention should be released,” he demanded.
#EndSARS Memorial: Clash Averted In Benin As Security Operatives Take Over Protest Venue [Video]
Security operatives comprising the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Edo State Security Network (local vigilante), as early as 7:30am occupied the Benin Museum Park venue meant for the one year EndSARS memorial in Benin, the Edo State capital.
Benin Museum Park is located at Oba Ovoramwem Square popularly called Ring Road, located at the centre of Benin City.
As the time of filing this report, the compined security operatives were strategically positioned at major routes that lead to the park, centre of Benin City.
No fewer than nine routes from different parts of the city link to the Museum Park.
At the main entrance to the Museum Park (Forestry Route), four security Hilux were parked at the time of filing this report.
Also, operation Wabaizgan (combined security outfit comprising Police, DSS, NSCDC in Edo State) vehicles were parked at other strategic locations of the City such as at the front of the state House of Assembly, Ekewan Road, etc. Other security vehicles were also parked at other locations around the Museum Park.
Meanwhile there was mild drama at the entrance of the Museum Park that could have led to infraction between security operatives especially the local vigilantes and members of the civil society organistions but was averted by a senior police officer’s intervention who pleaded for a calm.
Trouble started when one of the CSO members was about driving into the Museum Park but was stopped by one of the local vigilantes who closed the gate and requested the occupants to come down from the vehicle.
This angered the CSO member who came down from the vehicle and was almost exchanging blows with the local vigilante man.
He was irked by vigilante’s request because the person inside the car of whom the vigilante asked to come down is a victim of EndSARS.
He was reportedly amputated after security operatives reportedly rammed into him and others during the protest last year in Auchi, Edo State.